Kentuckiana author speaks out about Osama bin Laden's death

Joseph Osman
Joseph Osman
Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville author is speaking to WAVE 3 about his thoughts of Osama bin Laden's death and how it will impact us here at home and overseas. Joseph Osman spent the past five years in Afghanistan, serving as the senior advisor for U.S. forces and has been keeping a close eye of what is going on in his family's native country.

"Justice has been served for those families, at the same time we should as the president mentioned be vigilant at home and abroad because you don't know what is going to happen," said Osman.

Osman, was born in Hawaii, his parents originally from Afghanistan. He's an alumni of U of L and spent the past five years in Afghanistan. His book, "Surrender to Kindness", tells his story of life in the war torn country.

"One of the things I found that was surprising a lot of researchers and think tanks reported this afterward is that many Afghans don't know what 9-11 is," said Osman.

Osman says Osama bin Laden not only took countless innocent lives on and before 9-11 but, bin Laden also hijacked the Islamic faith. Osman says many now associate all Muslims with terrorism, which is not accurate.

"I don't think we have to take him as a representative for the larger community," said Osman. "I think the stats is 70% of Americans don't know any Muslims. 80% don't know anything about Islam. But, the fact of the matter is we have 7,000 Muslims in the U.S. Army."

Afghanistan's neighboring country Pakistan is catching a lot of heat tonight. President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser says it's inconceivable that bin Laden didn't have some support in Pakistan, the country where the world's most wanted man was killed during a firefight with U.S. forces.

Osman says the fact that bin Laden wasn't hiding in a cave as some had speculated but, was living in pretty much plain sight in Pakistan has some raising eyebrows.

"We sent over 100,000 troops over 100,000 contractors he's living in a luxurious mansion all by a military base so he can get medical help and I believe there was a golf course there," said Osman. "A lot of Intel analysts have said on the news that's what they suspected an thought. I think we need to look at our relationships our aid what are we funding," said Osman.

After nearly 10 years of war and thousands of civilian and military deaths, some Afghans now blame bin Laden for the destruction of their country.

Opponents of the war in Afghanistan are saying today that bin Laden's death marks a turning point that should spur President Obama to bring the troops home.

As for Joseph Osman, he says he plans to return in the fall to Afghanistan as a civilian policy advisor.

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